Davak40 Member Posts: 2
edited 18. Apr 2019, 19:53 in Say Hello
Hi all
I have been diagnosed with near end stage O/A in my right ankle and just feel the need to communicate with people who may have an understanding of the pain i am going through.This has really taken my quality of life away from me at an alarming rate since being diagnosed last year.I have had 2 rounds of injections to mask the pain and am wondering if a third would cause more damage.
I am too young at 49 apparently!to get a replacement ankle and my consultant has advised me to think about a fusion.Any information from anyone suffering similarly (and i know there must be)would be very much appreciated.thanks folks


  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] Posts: 3,636
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello Davak40and welcome to the forums from the moderation team.

    I am very sorry to hear about your diagnosis of osteoarthritis and the impact it has had on your life. We have a great community here, with lots of experience of arthritis who I know will make you very welcome and help in any way they can, but in the meantime I hope the following links will help you.

    This information is about osteoarthritis and is very comprehensive:

    This is specific to foot and ankle surgery:

    I look forward to seeing you posting in future.

    Best wishes

  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,298
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello and welcome from me too.

    I'm sorry you're in so much pain. I have RA, which led to OA, and I remember (though I try not to :roll: ) how awful it was when my ankles were really bad. I had two young sons to look after at the time too. I do empathise. Ankle pain is horrible as it's impossible to avoid unless one leads a very sedentary life which will then cause other problems.

    My own ankles eventually fused themselves and are virtually pain-free now. However, I don't recommend leaving nature to take its course if it can be avoided. I was lucky in that I was prescribed surgical shoes for various reasons and they helped to ensure that my ankles fused at a good angle.

    Steroid injections into joints are limited precisely because, although they can seem magical, they can also cause damage. And, the more we have, the less they seem to work.

    I think ankle replacements are usually reserved for the elderly, partly because they have a limited lifespan (about ten years) and partly because younger people put greater demands on them thus limiting their lifespan even further. There are 28(?) bones in the foot so it's nowhere near as simple a replacement as a hip or knee.

    I can, however, thoroughly recommend fusion. It works for me, even as a DIY job :wink:

    If you'd like more answers you might like to re-post on the Living With Arthritis forum. More people will see your thread there though we don't have a lot of 'ankle people'. Good luck with whatever you decide.
  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 28,318
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello there :)

    Welcome to the community from me too.

    I have two things to say one is my own daughter had a new shoulder when she was 19 and hip surgery at 18 (complications from leukaemia treatment) so you're never really too young.

    This was done with the full knowledge that revisions get harder each time and knowing she should need a fair few more over her lifespan.

    Secondly my own BIL had both ankles fused and is REALLY happy with the outcome he has next to no pain and gets about absolutely fine! :D

    We would be interested to see what happens...

  • vickyp
    vickyp Member Posts: 27
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Davak40,
    I am sorry to hear that you are going through this. I know that having to make a decision about the best way forward is agony in itself. I understand the resistance to a fusion too. I know it feels like the last resort on the block. I know this because I watched my 24yr old son agonise through this when he was left with bone on bone arthritis following an accident at 22 yrs old. Like you, he had a couple of rounds of injections into the joint. The relief was pretty temporary though and he swears that it accelerated the deterioration. But who really knows when something is progressive anyway. My son looked at every avenue to avoid fusion including some pretty horrendous treatments with poor success rates such as distractions. He didn't want a fusion because he was scared of what it would mean for his future. But he didn't have any life in the now. You say you are too young for a fusion, another view is that you are too young not to be living your life and getting on with it pain free. You are too young to be living in daily pain. It has now been 16 months since my lad had his fusion and he now says that he had wishes he had just got on with it sooner. He is not going to be running anymore marathons but to see him walk you can hardly tell. But it is a huge decision and everyone needs to go through their own process. My heart goes out to you.